Christian Sect in DRC break Prison
Gunmen from a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says.
Shots were fired and vehicle torched as Ne Muanda Nsemi was freed from the jail in Kinshasa, witnesses said.
Police are suspected to have shot dead several prisoners, witnesses added.
Mr Nsemi is a self-styled prophet and the leader of an outlawed group seeking to revive the ancient Kongo kingdom.
He was arrested, along with his three wives and son, in March following clashes between his supporters and police.
Mr Nsemi leads the Bundu dia Kongo movement, which is campaigning to restore a monarchy in parts of DR Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola and Gabon.
He was an MP when he was arrested in Kinshasa after police accused him of inciting violence.